iPad 2 Owners: Do iPhone Retina Quality Apps Show in Full Res?

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  1. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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  2. sanford macrumors 65816

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    I think wishful thinking. Doesn't retina have something to do w/ pixel density as well as resolution? I don't think the iPad display, which is the same as the original display, can yet support the display quality of retina apps.
     
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Lord no. Spend two seconds with the iPhone Facebook app vs. Friendly for iPad.

    I will say I'm spoiled with the retina display. The iPad display is very nice, but damn the text on the keyboard looks pixellated by comparison.
     
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    I do find this a little odd.
    Taking into account that the iPad display (1024x768) is larger than the iPhone 4's Retina Display (960x640) it should be able to run these apps at full resolution, rather than pixel-halving them down to 480x320 and then pixel-doubling it back up again, making it looks much worse.
    I guess this may be Apple's way of encouraging developers to make apps specifically for iPad rather than relying on customers to simply upsize the existing iPhone apps.
     
  5. BergerFan thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The iPad has a higher resolution than the iPhone 4. A simple jailbreak hack, can show the majority of Retina Display apps in their optimum resolution on the iPad.
    Pixel density doesn't come into it. ;)
     
  6. sanford macrumors 65816

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    I get it now. You're talking about showing retina apps at full res, but not running full screen on an iPad. Right?
     
  7. McGiord macrumors 601

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    How that works? Please be more specific about the jailbreak app? What app is that one? Can the iOS 4.3 be jailbroken as of today?
     
  8. labyrinthworm macrumors newbie

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    No
     
  9. GnillGnoll macrumors member

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    I think the issue is that, by default, iPhone apps don't run with 2x zoom. I.e. they only take up 480x320 pixels in the middle of the screen to at least approximately preserve the physical size of buttons, etc.

    2x zoom is an option, but you only activate it after starting the app, and once an app is running it won't expect the resolution to change.
     
  10. QuarterSwede, Mar 12, 2011
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    QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    It's an app called RetinaPad. It's $2.99 on Cydia.
    iOS 4.3 can be jailbroken but it's currently only a tethered JB (requires iDevice to be connected to a computer to reboot).

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  11. BergerFan thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah.
     
  12. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

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    That is a problem but it is solvable; you could move the option out of the UI and into the Settings App or you could automatically restart the App when the user changed the setting. Alternatively the App could stay at 2x resolution and be downscaled when 1x is chosen. I think the real reason is that it is better for the iPad platform to have low quality iPhone compatiblity because it encourages developers to write iPad native Apps.
     

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